White House now admits uranium particles found in Iran probably linked to weapons program

White House now admits uranium particles found in Iran probably linked to weapons program
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[Ed. – For whatever good that will do.  It’s beyond anyone’s reach now to do anything with this assessment.  IAEA closed the books in December 2015 on the investigation relating to the particles in question, and the weapons applications they are thought to be associated with.  And the Obama administration signed off on that.]

Obama administration officials concluded that particles of uranium found at Iran’s Parchin military base and revealed in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s final report on the country’s past nuclear activities were likely tied to the regime’s nuclear weapons program, The Wall Street Journal reported (Google link) Sunday. The admission further underscores concerns that the IAEA’s investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities at Parchin should not have been closed following the report’s publication.

“The man-made uranium found at Parchin, which has only low-levels of fissionable isotopes, can be used as a substitute for weapons-grade materials in developing atomic bombs, according to nuclear experts,” the Journal noted. “It can also be used as component in a neutron initiator, a triggering device for a nuclear weapon.” …

“The assumption in the [U.S.] government is that these were nuclear weapons-related experiments,” explained Robert Einhorn, a former Obama administration nuclear negotiator. “The evidence is, technically, inconclusive. But the administration believes it has other information that confirms there was weapons-related activity there.” …

Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran have asserted that the uranium found at Parchin showed that the “Obama administration didn’t go far enough in demanding Iran answer all questions concerning its past nuclear work before lifting international sanctions in January,” the Journal wrote. …

Independent experts argued when the IAEA report was released last December that the agency should not close its investigation of Iran’s past nuclear work in light of the discovery of uranium particles at Parchin.

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